Upcoming Training and Events

We are pleased to offer a variety of trainings and special events throughout the year for child care providers. All training and events are PDR approved.

The following training and events will be hosted by Child Care Aware of West Central Arkansas:

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4th Annual Early Childhood STEAM Conference

"Arts on the Water"

Where: DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Bismark, AR

When: December 5, 2020, 9:00am to 3:00pm

Keynote: Coy Bowles, Zac Brown Band

Registration: TBD

Or contact Donny Caudill at 501-760-6586 or at donald.caudill@np.edu.

PDR: 6 approved hours

Cost: $50

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Each of STEAM’s five subjects share a common approach and focus. They require gathering and using evidence to create knowledge or solve problems. STEAM learning happens naturally everyday as children explore, play, and try new things. When young children have the opportunity to investigate the world around them, they learn and experiment with new STEAM skills and theories. Research shows there is a positive relationship between early STEAM experiences and future success in school.

For more information visit Understanding STEAM and how children use it.

5th Annual ACW Dinner & Tribute

Where: National Park College, New Student Commons Bldg, 101 College Dr, Hot Springs, AR

When: September 14, 2020, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Keynote: Shelli Henehan, Ed.D, Associate Professor/Coordinator of Assessment, UAFS School of Education/College of STEM

Theme: Self-Care is Not Selfish

Registration: Contact Donny Caudill at 501-760-6586 or at donald.caudill@np.edu.

PDR: 2 approved hours

Cost: $7.50

Each year we celebrate Arkansas Children's Week by hosting HSECA's Dinner & Tribute for early childhood educators. We feel it is important to recognize and honor all of the hard work and dedication our providers put in to caring for their children. This years topic is "Self-Care is Not Selfish" by Shelli Henehan. Registration is $7.50. Registration must be received by April 1, 2020. Catering by Mama's Little Italy.

Download current and past ACW resource books.

For more information visit Arkansas Children's Week.

Stick figures and houses.

Pine Bluff ACW Family Fun Day

Where: Pine Bluff Convention Center

When: TBD

Theme: Everyday Explorers

Registration: Contact Jackie Riley at 501-463-1482 or at jacqueline.riley@np.edu.

Cost: Free

Early Childhood Professionals and families are invited to join us for Family Fun Day at the Pine Bluff Convention Center in celebration of Arkansas Children's Week. In our work, we create hands-on experiences daily to engage and enlighten our littlest learners.

For more information visit Everyday Explorers.

International Dot Day

Where: TBD, Hot Springs, AR

When: September 2020

Cost: Free

Join us as we celebrate International Dot Day in September. Location TBD. The event is free and open to families and children of all ages. We will be reading The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds and have an activity that you're sure to enjoy.


Annual Dad's Event

Where: TBD, Hot Springs, AR

When: TBD

Entertainment: TBD

Sponsor: TBD

Registration: Contact Donny Caudill at 501-760-6586 or at donald.caudill@np.edu.

Cost: Free

A FREE community event for Father Figures of all ages with the goal of providing resources along with fun, safe & affordable activities/ideas for you to do with your families. There will be door prizes and local vendors ready to talk with you and answer your questions.

For directions or bus routes visit the Transportation Plaza Bus Route map.

Contact us for more information or to register for one of our events. You may also visit our Facebook page or download our app "Child Care Aware WCA".  Visit the state Child Care Resource and Referral Map to find the CCR&R that serves your county.